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Mo. Supreme Court considers death penalty cases

Two men who pleaded guilty to killing a Kansas City teenager are urging the Missouri Supreme Court to overturn their death sentences because it was decided by a judge instead of a jury.

The high court considered separate arguments Wednesday on the appeals of Roderick Nunley and Michael Taylor. Both men pleaded guilty to the 1989 killing of 15-year-old Ann Harrison, who was abducted while waiting for a school bus near her home.

Attorneys for Nunley and Taylor each argued that the men wrongly received the death penalty because a judge decided facts in sentencing instead of a jury. The Missouri attorney general’s office argues the men previously had waived their rights to jury sentencing.

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